by Airport Industry-News
12 Nov 2021
Finavia Extends the Use of UVC Disinfection Technology to the Handrails of Escalators
At Helsinki Airport, the handrails of escalators will pass through a disinfection machine in the future. Finavia is installing Kone disinfection devices on the escalators of the Terminal 2 extension, which opens on 1 December 2021.
“We are thrilled to be celebrating Christian’s 20th anniversary with the firm. He has made an enormous contribution to its success and continues to innovate and inspire his colleagues to find new ways to make rail depots safer and more productive. He has helped develop our technology into the global market leader and his vast experience and expertise are renowned and respected across the industry.”
The Kone cleaning devices remove bacteria and viruses from handrail surfaces with a detergent and UVC-technology. Solid dirt is removed from the surfaces of the handrails before UVC disinfection.
“The disinfection devices will be put to work immediately, as the new terminal has nearly 400 metres of escalator handrails.”
At the same time, Finavia will start using Kone air purifiers in the extension’s lifts. They remove bacteria, viruses and dust from the air. Air purification technology was originally developed by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and it’s used to purify the indoor air of spacecraft.
“Kone’s goal is to make people flow in buildings and cities safer and healthier. The solutions for the new Terminal 2 extension at Helsinki Airport serve as a model of easy-to-implement health solutions at a time when ensuring a high level of hygiene is extremely important.”
New Technology Is Part of Finavia’s Development
In international airport comparisons, Helsinki Airport has been receiving good ratings from passengers on the tidiness and cleanliness of the airport for more than 20 years. The high quality level maintained by Finavia has also been noted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Helsinki Airport was recognised as the best European airport of 2020 in its size category. In addition, Finavia received a special award for its active and good work to improve health security.
Another aspect of health security is the development of contactless mobility.
“For a long time, we have been developing different methods and technologies together with our partners. That is why the introduction of new technologies has gone well. We have ensured the enhanced cleaning of the terminals throughout the pandemic – that is, for almost two years.
“We have adapted our operating practices and use technology that can reduce physical contact in customer service situations and when moving around the terminal.”
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